Summer reading suggestion: All The Bright Places


Evelyn Johnson, Staff Writer

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a YA fiction novel. The story follows two points of view, Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. Finch is fascinated by death and wonders often if today is the day. Violet, after witnessing her sister’s death, is counting down the days until she can get out of town. Finch and Violet meet at the ledge of the school bell tower and manage to keep meeting after. Finch becomes the only person Violet stops counting the days with and Violet becomes the only one Finch can be his true self with. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This book tackles mental health in many aspects and shows that many people never really know how deep words cut or how much someone is struggling. This book has a tearjerker ending and deals with a lot of serious topics. I still loved it anyway. It was a wonderful love story. It had a lot of character development and within the first 3 chapters you are rooting for the two. This book has been turned into a movie, but the movie doesn’t do the book justice. You really need to read the book to connect to the characters and love the story they bring forth.

I give All The Bright Places a 9.5/10.   Just read it.  Now.